griz4life wrote: PlayerRep wrote: griz4life wrote:
'68griz wrote:Yes, I'm one of the naysayers -- and that's because Missoula does not/never has/never will have the money that exists in the Boise area. And, without that, nothing good is going to come of "moving up."
I know this post isn't the first to suggest that somehow the state university's ability to fund full scholarship Division I football is somehow tied to how much money Missoula has, but it still just cracks me up. Do people really think the financial health of the University of Montana depends on Missoula's economy? Missoula left to its own devices would struggle to support a community college. Hell, Missoula couldn't even sell out a football game all on its own.
God help us if the state's largest university ever has to turn to Hoagieville or the Southgate Mall for serious dough.
Have you ever looked at what businesses make the donations to UM athletics? So, what businesses in or out of western Montana do you think would donate big bucks to UM athletics?
Have you ever? I don't want to get involved in one of your silly pissing matches. The field the Griz play on, the north endzone, the ad billboards, and that glorious jumbotron were all made possible by donors from outside Missoula, two of those donors are from out of state. The biggest ad space in the stadium has been leased to an out of state business for two seasons now. Did you think all the donors listed in the back of your football program were Missoulians? As someone who has been on that list for two deades, I find your ignorant remarks pretty insulting.
Large donations for facilities tend to be one-time donations. Annual donations to supplement the ongoing annual costs tend to come more from businesses in or near Missoula, including ones that get something in return. Of course, there are exceptions. The NEZ expansion was more of a financial guarantee, as opposed to a big donation. The scoreboard was part of deal for the donor to receive some revenues in return. The donor for the field no longer has a son playing for UM. Some of these donors are involved in real estate development, and that is one of the areas still being hurt by the financial downturn.
Some of the biggest potential donors to UM athletes don't support moving up. That's a problem. One of the bigger potential athletic donors is no longer interested in donating.
There is potential for larger donations from people benefiting from the oil development in northeastern Montana. However, note that most farming/ranching families with potential for oil development in that area, sent their kids to Montana State, not UM. There are some UM alums involved in oil drilling, but I assume most of those people are already donating.
UM athletics is trying to get commitments for the current fundraising for facilities, including locker rooms, weight room, and academic center, and perhaps lights. That's being going on for a year or so. My impression is that they've made progress, but I haven't heard that they're even close to their goal. With the down economy, this isn't a great time to be trying to raise multi-millions of dollars.
griz4life, you don't know what you're talking about. Small donations from people listed on the back of the program aren't going to fund moving up. If anyone is ignorant on this subject, it is you.